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Re: Should I go?

Slayer, If you have to ask the question about going or staying you should stay. There is obviously something worrying you about this trip so you might want to play it safe. There is always a tomorrow, unless you do something dumb today. Don't let Darwin's theory get you.
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Re: Should I go?

We haven't heard from Slayer today..so maybe he went sailing. I'm interested in how he made out. Hopefully he's comfortably having cocktails in P-town by now.
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We haven't heard from Slayer today..so maybe he went sailing. I'm interested in how he made out. Hopefully he's comfortably having cocktails in P-town by now.
It poured rain here for most of the day and was dreary. Lousy to be out for a pleasure cruise.
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Re: Should I go?

Didn't make P-Town because of a work emergency, I didn't make it to the boat until afternoon. So with the chance of fog I didn't want to get to p-town during the night, so did last minute prep and tried to nap thinking I could sail through the night and arrive at dawn. Departed just past 6:00 PM, and the waves were still pretty f'n big, but not a problem. So went out of Marblehead on a tack out to sea thinking I could later tack back in towards Scituate, and when the winds clocked to southerly as predicate I could reach in to P- Town. But the wind died and became almost NW, and flukey. There was enough to move me along, but not enough to keep the main from bouncing and slamming when the big waves went under me. So I had to constantly keep quickly pulling in the main sheet like you do to prevent a violent jibe.

Got down near Scituate and jibed over towards P-Town and then the winds really died, and sailing into the still large rollers wasn't making much headway. Turned on the engine and started motoring, but by that time I had already been at the helm almost six hours and saw P-Town was still more than 3 times the distance to Boston. I was exhausted so threw in the towel and turned around to Boston, which was an adventure in itself. Still dark with thick fog when I approached Nantasket Road. But the buoy lights coming in were great, and once I found the first one was good to go. I came in and caught the mooring at 4:30 am.

So I had been at the helm for ten and one half hours (no auto pilot). Just woke about about an hour ago and getting ready to go back to Marblehead, maybe Gloucester if there is wind . I am in the BHSC boat French Whine, in case I cross paths with any sailnetters to say hi.
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Re: Should I go?

Nice Job Slayer, your objective was experience and sounds like you got what you wanted. Good decision to quit when you did.
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Nice Job Slayer, your objective was experience and sounds like you got what you wanted. Good decision to quit when you did.

Thanks, had little sleep the day before, and when a lobster pot pendant scared me for a second because I thought it was something reaching out of the water to grab me I realized I was exhausted.

So I have some questions about sailing in steep waves, but just got back to Marblehead, so will ask later.
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Re: Should I go?

good stuff!
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